Post # 1
So trying to decide on a ring for my fiance’. I like the price and look of the Tungsten and Titanium, but like that you can resize the white gold. He works on cars so it has to be tough and won’t scratch that much. Also where to buy from? We got my ring from Overstock, cheaper and looks awesome. It’s different. It’s a 14k ring.
But any who, what do you all think? What is the best choice? I can’t decide.
Post # 3
Fiance loves Tungsten and would much rather have that besides white gold. Feels more manly to him as well.
Post # 4
My Fiance chose cobalt. It can supposedly be resized up about half a size. We got it from Shane Co 🙂
Post # 5
I got tungsten for my Darling Husband who is in the military and works on all sorts of mechanical flying things (airplanes ect) I didn’t want it to get scratched and dented like other metals would and I didn’t want it to crush if his hand got crushed. tungsten will shatter and break away where gold will stay flat and potentially tournaquitt his finger. Not something I wanted.
There is a small amount of worry about tungsten comming from ‘conflict’ areas, but I contacted the company who made ours and they said all of thier tungsten is mined in china and other parts of asia and not africa so I was okay with that.
If you are going to go wtih tungsten check out JVL, you can get two bands and just pay shipping (it came to about 70$ for both bands) and they have a life time replacement policy so if you want it resized or anything they will just give you an identical one.
Post # 6
My Husband’s is Tungsten and it’s awesome! He wears it no matter what he’s doing and it still has no scratches and is still perfectly round!
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Why isn’t your Fiance choosing?
Post # 8
I would not go with Tungsten or Titanium, or any of the alternative metals since he is a mechanic. When I was talking to a jeweler, she said that she never recommends these materials for guys that do a little more physical labor, because if anything were to happen to the ring, or his finger, it can’t be cut off. If he worked a desk job, I’d say fine, but you never know what’ll happen. He might drop something heavy onto his hand, or get his hand stuck in an engine. It’s better to go with a metal that can be cut if necessary.
Post # 9
Darling Husband has a tungsten ring and LOVES it. He’s a civil engineer so he needed something sturdy that wouldn’t get scratched or damaged when he’s out on site playing around with heavy equipment and whatever else.
Titanium is too light – don’t buy it until you’ve actually gone into a store and held it. That was what Darling Husband originally thought he wanted but when we went into the store and he held it in his hand, he said no way. It’s a featherweight metal so just bear that in mind.
White gold will scratch very, very easily so if you go with that, keep that in mind.
As for what happens if he injures his finger whilst wearing a tungsten or titanium ring – it’s really not that big of a deal. They just need to use a diamond point saw to get the ring off (I think it was a diamond point…it was something stronger than titanium or tungsten at any rate) and the rumours that his finger would need to be cut off are false.
ETA: See janie-janie’s post below for clarification! 🙂
Post # 10
Tungsten is not 100% sratch proof. nothing is. if your guy gets a tungsten band, I would suggest that he still takes it off for really hard labor (which is safer anyway). my brother in law wears his tungsten band to work (he’s a mechanic) and it looks terrible now. it has really big scratches in it. he wishes he didn’t wear it to work.
but tungsten probably will be the sturdiest metal you can find for a ring.
Post # 11
We’re going with titanium for a few reasons. It’s budget friendly and I read that it’s easier to cut off than tungsten. FI loves working on vehicles and if there ever was an accident and the ring was in the way I would want it to be easy to remove. I know it will scratch easier but honestly everything he loves shows a bit of wear from constant use so that’s the way I’ll view any wear on the ring. Fits his character 🙂
Post # 12
@janie-janie: Very true – I should edit my post to reflect that. I was thinking more in lines of my Darling Husband who is out on site doing stuff, but he does more of the ‘brain power’ stuff than the ‘physical power’ stuff out on site, so the tungsten works really well for him. If he were constantly working with heavy machinery, I would definitely advise against him wearing it to work. Thanks for clearing up some of the confusion!
Post # 13
Yeah, I would ask him! And see if he’ll try some on to see which he likes the feel of the most.
Post # 14
@SweetErin: just wanted to clarify that tungsten can not be ‘cut’ off but it can be removed. They just score it with a regular ring cutting saw and break it with a plyers. there is a video about how to do it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuqgI0g-Tc4
The (family member) jewlers that I have talked to don’t like recomending tungsten bands becuase they are so cheap and easy to find online very reasonably they rarely make any money off them.
Post # 15
He’s helping just not sure what kind of ring to get. We will definitly be taking a trip to Kays to see what size to get. We will look around before buying online.
Post # 16
Tungstun! It’s so cheap you could buy an array of them in different sizes and it’d still be cheaper than 1 white gold ring.